Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching and evaluation (CECR) [fr]

Le Cadre européen commun de reference (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) was published by the Council of Europe in 1998. It was designed by a board of experts of modern language teaching. It is the result of the research program which began with the committee of <> in early 70s.

The Framework is a thorough description of what language learners should know in order to communicate. It also lists out the contents and skills they should acquire for an effective language behavior. This description also covers the cultural context supporting language use. Finally, it defines a set of proficiency levels for the assessment of learners’ progress at each learning and life stage.

It clearly defines the learning and teaching aims and gives keys for choosing the proper methods to achieve them.

Ultimately, it leads to a common language teaching approach in Europe. Its usage by educationalists should allow:

  • comparing educational systems
  • transferring knowledge more easily
  • mutualizing teaching resources
  • internationalizing language certificates recognition.

This is an instrument of linguistic policy planning at all levels:

  • training of teachers
  • development of curricula
  • language certification.

In recent years, it has become a key reference document, available in almost 30 languages.

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publié le 05/02/2014

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